Those operatives cast the Kavanaugh allegation not as a singular, galvanizing event — but instead as the latest in an intensifying string that dates back to the “Access Hollywood” tape during the 2016 election, which caught Trump bragging about being able to sexually assault women because he was a celebrity.
“It’s outraging for women. And remember, a large number of American women are survivors of assault,” said Krystal Ball, a strategist working closely with several Democratic House candidates.
“You could hardly think of a more galvanizing news event,” Ball said. “This election is about backlash to Trump. And this turns it up to 11.”
The female backlash against Trump first took shape with the Women’s March the day after his inauguration. It hardened during the battle over Obamacare in 2017, and additional flashpoints — including Trump’s support for accused child molester Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate special election, his mocking of the #MeToo movement and news of his hush payments to porn star Stormy Daniels — have come frequently since then.